Publication - The Nature and Extent of Innovation in the Canadian Food Processing Industry

Titre en anglais
The Nature and Extent of Innovation in the Canadian Food Processing Industry
Numéro de publication
10156E
Année de publication
2006
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PDF électronique
Coût
Publication gratuite
Langue
Anglais
Région
Ottawa/Hull (RCN)
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Disponible
Pages
1-110
ISBN
0-662-43716-0
Numéro de catalogue
A38-4/7-2006E-PDF
Sommaire en anglais
The agri-food chain today is significantly different from that of twenty years ago. Changing consumer demands, knowledge-intensive technology, North American integration and globalization have all contributed to the evolution of the different segments of the chain. The ability of a firm to compete both domestically and internationally depends very much on the firm's ability to produce what consumers want and at reasonable prices. This requires new or unique products, new and creative approaches to production and marketing.
Innovation is considered one of the critical determinants for improved competitiveness and economic performance of the food processing industry, if Canada is to meet the challenges of the rapidly changing global food market and to exploit niche markets for products and remain competitive in the long run. However, innovation is costly and risky and therefore requires an environment of collaboration between businesses, the financial community, research institutions and government.
The purpose of this report is to better understand the nature and extent of innovation, drivers behind its implementation, the challenges facing innovating establishments and the significance of support services. This report, which analyses data from the Innovation in the Food Processing Industry Survey, will provide useful benchmark information for innovation activities in the food processing industry. The survey was conducted by Statistics Canada in 2004, on behalf of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
Private and public policy makers can use results from this study to identify effective strategies for research and development and innovation in the agri-food value chain to meet the challenges of the dynamic global food market.
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